How do you get an IRS Electronic Filing PIN?


Quick Answer

Fill out the online application and submit it to receive an Electronic Filing PIN, says the IRS. This form asks for basic information, such as your name, address, Social Security number and filing status.

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In order to get an Electronic Filing PIN, you must have filed a tax return in the previous year using a form 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ or 1040SS, notes the IRS. The Electronic Filing PIN application requires information from the previous year's tax return, inlcuding your adjusted gross income for the year. Your mailing address must exactly match the address on the previous year's tax return. The online application is not available between 1 a.m. and 7 a.m. on Sundays due to server maintenance.

The IRS requires the Electronic Filing PIN when e-filing a tax return, according to the IRS. It is a number that helps the IRS verify your identity. If you attempt to e-file without entering the correct pin, the IRS may send back your return and require you to submit it by mail. If you information does not match what information the IRS has on file for you, you may be denied a PIN and need to contact the IRS about further filing instructions.

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